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1.—(1) The title of these Regulations is The Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 and they come into force on 5 May 2017.

(2) These Regulations apply in relation to Wales.

Amendment of the Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006

2.—(1) The Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (Wales) Regulations 2006(1) are amended as follows.

(2) In regulation 2, in the definition of “ relevant authority”, after “means” insert, “(subject to regulation 4A)”;

(3) After regulation 4 insert—

Standing orders relating to local planning authorities

4A.(1) In this regulation—

“committee” (“pwyllgor”) means a committee of a relevant authority by which a relevant function is to be discharged and includes a sub-committee;

“relevant authority” (“awdurdod perthnasol”) means a local planning authority in Wales which is—

(a)

a county council or county borough council;

(b)

a joint planning board(2); or

(c)

a National Park authority(3);

“relevant function” (“swyddogaeth berthnasol”) has the meaning given by section 319ZD of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990(4).

(2) No later than the first ordinary meeting of the relevant authority falling after 5 May 2017, the relevant authority must, in respect of the matters mentioned in paragraph (3)—

(a)make standing orders incorporating the provisions set out in Schedule 2A, or provisions to like effect; and

(b)modify any of their existing standing orders so far as it is necessary to do so to conform with those provisions.

(3) (3)The matters referred to in paragraph (2) are—

(a)quorum for a meeting of a committee;

(b)membership of a committee.

(4) After Schedule 2, insert —

regulation 4A

SCHEDULE 2AStanding orders relating to local planning authorities

Quorum

1.  No business is to be transacted at a meeting of a committee unless at least half of the total number of members of the committee, rounded to the nearest whole number, is present.

Substitute members

2.  A relevant authority is not to appoint another of their members to act as a member of a committee in the absence of the member appointed in accordance with the Size and Composition of Local Planning Authority Committees (Wales) Regulations 2017(5).

Jane Hutt

One of the Welsh Ministers

21 March 2017

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